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Iraq and Ruin
Iraq and Ruin
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The Once and Future Mosul

The city may soon be freed from the Islamic State, but it won’t be easy to govern afterward. Foreigners—and even Iraqis—had better study its complexities.

Iraq and Ruin
Collapsing Oil Prices Reveal Iraq’s Fragility

Iraq has been buying off restive population with oil wealth. What happens when oil markets seize up?

Iraq and Ruin
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With Friends Like These

Why the U.S. cannot ally with Iran to defeat the Islamic State.

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Eliot Cohen’s new book presents a nuanced and compelling defense of hard power.

Infowar

Regular readers know the answer: not very effective at all.

Horn of Africa

…and that may not be such a bad thing.

The Inauguration

As Donald Trump takes the oath, an essay on the historical forces that have shaped this moment by Walter Russell Mead.

Recessional

Clearly a lot of frustration for the outgoing American President has been stored up in the Russian psyche.

the roots of populism

If the term “intellectual” only encompasses thinkers on the Left, then it is only natural that right-wing populists would turn it into a slur.

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